12 charged in connection with violent motorcycle gang assault
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas
HOUSTON – A dozen members of the Homietos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang are now in custody on racketeering and firearms charges related to a violent assault of another motorcycle club in Houston, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.
Law enforcement took Joseph Gomez aka Tequila, 37, Sugarland, into custody late Friday, Sept. 22. He is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Yvonne Ho today at 2 p.m.
Authorities took Houston residents Joe Barrera aka LJ, 35; Joe Rios aka Jo Daddy, 47, Edgar Hinojosa aka Charro Bean, 38, William Espinoza, 47, Mario Gomez aka Gator, 50, Morgan Cooper aka Coop, 49, and Moises Soriano aka Oso, 41, into custody Sept. 21, after which they appeared in federal court. Law enforcement also arrested Rudolph Lopez aka Yao, 36, Fort Worth.
They all remain in custody pending further criminal proceedings.
Ricardo Quinones aka Scooter, 36, Houston; Raymond Burnett aka Ray Ray, 36, Alvin; Jesse Mulrein aka Fort Worth G, 36, Dallas, were previously in custody and expected to make their appearances in the near future.
“We took action,” said Hamdani. “These alleged gangs are built on a foundation of violence, with members and associates committing acts designed to protect the power and reputation of the organization. Whether on the east side, Sunnyside or within the confines of a motorcycle club, we will pursue anyone who allegedly commits brutal and violent acts to maintain status in a gang.”
“The arrests of 12 alleged Homieto outlaw motorcycle gang members are the result of a multi-year FBI Houston-led interagency investigation and are the first significant indictments against these types of criminal groups in the Houston area,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge David Martinez of the FBI Houston field office. “This criminal organization is accused of crimes that keep victims, community members and rivals in a perpetual state of fear through intimidation and violence. Law enforcement and the public have had enough of the violence, ruthlessness and disregard for law and order that this gang is alleged to have perpetrated.”
A federal grand jury returned the indictment on September 13, 2023, which was unsealed upon the arrests.
The charges allege that on Sept. 19, 2020, members of the Homietos gang and their associates were celebrating their fifth-year anniversary at the Sterling Banquet Hall in Houston. One member had allegedly invited three members of the Tattoo Crue motorcycle club. Shortly after their arrival, several Homietos members violently assaulted the Tattoo Crue club members, according to the indictment.
Two victims allegedly required hospitalization.
The indictment alleges the Homietos Outlaw motorcycle gang is a violent criminal organization with chapters spread throughout the state of Texas and in other locations in the United States. They allegedly recruit members and associates who are predominantly convicted felons, a great number of whom are current or former Houstone Tango Blast gang members. In order to protect the power, reputation and territory of Homietos, members and associates are required to commit acts of violence, threats of violence and intimidation, according to the charges. These members and associates allegedly maintain and enhance their status in Homietos by participating in such violent acts.
All 12 are charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and conspiracy to do so and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. Barrera, Cooper and Burnett are also charged with felon in possession of a firearm while Hinojosa faces allegations of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
The assault charge carries up to 20 years in prison as a possible penalty, while the conspiracy charges carry a potential three-year-sentence. If convicted of the discharging a firearm count, they also face a minimum of 10 years and up to life which must be served consecutively to any other prison term imposed.
All charges also carry possible fines of up to $250,000.
The FBI and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, sheriff’s offices in Harris and Montgomery Counties, Houston Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys John M. Lewis and Brian J. Hrach are prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.
Updated September 25, 2023